This Is Not It!: A Journey Through Trauma

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BalboaPress, Nov 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 158 pages

Any trauma life or death experience, can either make you stronger or wallow in despair. The choice each individual makes in that situation says a lot of who they are, but more importantly, who they will become!

Brett Green continues to strive and improve to meet challenges that doctors once thought impossible. Throughout his journey, his determination that This is Not it has become his mantra and has helped him to heal and rebuild a meaningful and joyful life.

Brett has come back from an ordeala journey that few can only imagine! He has persevered when the medical field gave up on him and told him, This was it!-- That there was little chance for further improvement.

Brett chose not to accept that prognosis. For nearly six years he has worked through the adversity, the pain, coaxing his body to do what it didnt want to do, the heartbreaking disappointments and also the incredible highs of each success.

Despite his remarkable and unpredictable recovery, he may always be in need of some form of rehabilitation. Still, he has chosen to adapt! As he has adapted over time, so has his family, friends and loved ones! People no longer see what Brett may not be able to do they only see what he can do and what he has accomplished!

Brett continues to go beyond boundaries - Brett lives!

Bretts innermost passion is raising his children; and also helping other survivors in need of court or mental health services. He maintains his business and license to practice therapy.

Hopefully this book will offer valuable insight to others facing similar situations. If there is any support that Brett may provide or a service that he can perform to assist you, please feel free to contact him through

BrettGreenLMFT@comcast.net

or visit his blog at www.BrettGreenLives.com

 

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Contents

The Tree That Fell
1
What Happened?
11
Hospital ICan I Just Go Home?
18
Hospital IIIm Going to Die
25
Hospital IIIRehabilitation
44
Reflections on an Early DischargeI Still Cannot Walk?
59
Reflections on My CareLets Put Back the Care in Care
63
Reflections on Coming HomeA New World
67
Grief A Normal and Priceless Process
90
Healing in Time
99
Fifteen Tips for Trauma Survivors and Their Loved Ones
106
Conclusion
115
Author Autobiography
123
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About the author (2012)

Brett Green, M.A., L.M.F.T. (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist), has tremendous expertise and experience in regards to the personal journey of trauma survivors. He seeks to help those in need find their unique paths in the worlds of grief, healing, growth, recovery.

He has been in the mental health field for nearly twentytwo years. His career is truly eclectic in that he started as a probation counselor before transitioning into a part-time county mental health position where he felt he could do more and serve more children, individuals and families.

He later became the coordinator of a nonprofit agency overseeing an adult outpatient program that provided established, interesting, quality and unique services to an excess of 350 clients per week.

His administrative abilities and clinical insight eventually found him working as a family court mediator in two separate counties and court systems. He was tasked with mediating between disputing high-conflict parents in both superior courts, while making child custody recommendations that always maintained the best interests of the children in mind.

During this phase, he also opened up a private practice office and earned county certifications to operate a child abuse and neglect program and a domestic violence education program. This practice has grown and offers six separate programs. He also serves the individual or family needing one-on-one therapeutic supports as well.

However, in 2006, at the apex of his career, he experienced a traumatic brain injury that forever changed his life. Although his private practice remained in operation, his focus is now on advocating for trauma survivors and the disabled—people misunderstood, unrepresented and (quite oft en) still neglected!

He now offers a very unique and experienced blend of therapeutic services, workshops, and presentations. These services include advocacy for trauma survivors and disabled people. He also provides expertise and insight in the following arenas: the management of anger, child abuse prevention, domestic violence intervention, family enrichment and positive parenting education, and high conflict parenting and private mediation counseling. He has been a “court appointed expert” in both child custody and domestic violence cases. He is an expert in movement disorders, action myoclonus specifically.

His goal is not to provide information to the public merely. He seeks to educate and change lives within each counseling session or workshop presentation so the participant leaves with a new perspective.
He was most recently selected to be a member of the California State Department of Mental Health – Human Resources (NP) committee. He hopes to work specifically to advance the underrepresented culture of disabled people (including trauma survivors).

He sincerely hopes that people will find a renewed strength after reading the experiences detailed within this book. He hopes they can begin to regain their own sense of normalcy and right to grieve! This may ultimately serve as a stepping stone toward true healing. As stated, he believes we all have the right to move forward and heal—no matter what the circumstances are! It’s not how many times we fall that will define us… it’s how many times we choose to get back up that will!

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